Critical Appraisal of Physical Science as a Human Enterprise

Dynamics of Scientific Progress


ISBN: 978-1-4020-9625-9 (Print) 978-1-4020-9626-6 (Online)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-7


  3. Chapter

    Pages 9-26

    Quantitative Imperative Versus the Imperative of Presuppositions

  4. Chapter

    Pages 27-43

    Understanding Scientific Progress: From Duhem to Lakatos

  5. Chapter

    Pages 45-53

    Kinetic Theory: Maxwell's Presuppositions

  6. Chapter

    Pages 55-73

    Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements: From Mendeleev to Moseley

  7. Chapter

    Pages 75-95

    Foundations of Modern Atomic Theory: Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr

  8. Chapter

    Pages 97-119

    Determination of the Elementary Electrical Charge: Millikan and Ehrenhaft

  9. Chapter

    Pages 121-126

    Paradox of the Photoelectric Effect: Einstein and Millikan

  10. Chapter

    Pages 127-137

    Bending of Light in the 1919 Eclipse Experiments: Einstein and Eddington

  11. Chapter

    Pages 139-148

    Lewis's Covalent Bond: From Transfer of Electrons to Sharing of Electrons

  12. Chapter

    Pages 149-157

    Quantum Mechanics: From Bohr to Bohm

  13. Chapter

    Pages 159-165

    Wave–Particle Duality: De Broglie, Einstein, and Schrödinger

  14. Chapter

    Pages 167-174

    Searching for Quarks: Perl's Philosophy of Speculative Experiments

  15. Chapter

    Pages 175-186

    Conclusion: Inductive Method as a Chimera

  16. Back Matter

    Pages 187-215